Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants - Southern Queensland Fires
What assistance is available?
Grants of up to $75,000 are available for affected producers following the Southern Queensland Fires, 8 September - 7 November 2023, to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing and other costs associated with the recovery process. Producers should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application/s.
Applicants need to show they are an eligible primary producer, within the declared disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster. Read below and the guidelines for more information.
The maximum grant amount is $75,000 and can be accessed through the following:
- Initial application/s up to the total amount of $10,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage is required such as photographs and quotations, tax invoices or official receipts.
- Subsequent application/s up to the total amount of $65,000 is available to support subsequent claims for which full evidence of payment is required.
Complete applications are assessed in order of receipt and QRIDA may request further information to help assess an application.
How to apply
Providing you have the required documentation and meet eligibility; you can apply for the grant over a number of applications or two separate applications.
- If you have estimates or quotes to the value of 10,000, then you can make an initial application for the full $10,000
- If you only have estimates or quotes to the value of $5,000, you can choose to submit an initial application for that $5,000. Any subsequent applications for further assistance will require you to demonstrate how you have spent the initial $5,000, and all additional amounts, by providing evidence, such as receipts or invoices and proof of the payment of these.
- This initial amount is to support with cash flow back into the business with either deposits, small payments and more.
- You have now spent the initial $10,000 on deposits and/or minor work and require additional funding to complete the work
- Once you have applied for and received the initial funding, any subsequent applications for further assistance will require you to demonstrate how you have spent the initial funding, and all additional amounts, by providing evidence, such as receipts or invoices and proof of the payment of these.
- You can apply for subsequent funding amounts as many times as you need until you reach the total amount.
How can the assistance help you?
Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:
- Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
- Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
- Disposing of damaged goods and injured or dead livestock, including associated costs
- Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
- Fencing not covered by any other assistance
- Reconditioning/ repairing essential plant and equipment
- Salvaging crops, grain and feeds
- Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
- Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
- Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance.
Am I eligible?
Defined disaster area
The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for Southern Queensland Fires, 8 September - 7 November 2023.
To be eligible for assistance your property must be located in one of the defined disaster areas:
Bundaberg Regional Council
Central Highlands Regional Council
Gladstone Regional Council
Maranoa Regional Council
North Burnett Regional Council
South Burnett Regional Council
Southern Downs Regional Council
Toowoomba Regional Council
Western Downs Regional Council
What documents do I need to provide with my application?
If you have already applied for assistance from QRIDA please provide your QRIDA Client ID Number. Please do not mail original documents as we are unable to return them.
Financial statements and tax returns
Rates Notice / Lease Agreement
- Your enterprise must be located within a defined disaster area. If you own the property, please attach a copy of your most recent Local Government rates notice for the property impacted by the disaster event.
- If you lease the property, please attach a copy of your current lease agreement (lease agreement must confirm that you are responsible for meeting the costs being claimed).
Photographs of damage
- 5 - 10 photographs evidencing direct damage.
Evidence of payment
- For grant applications up to $10,000 (i.e. for immediate resumption of business directly following the disaster event):
- Copies of tax invoices or quotes/estimates
- For grant applications over $10,000 or subsequent applications up to $65,000
- Copies of tax invoices AND evidence that these invoices have been paid (e.g. bank statements, electronic bank transfer confirmations or official supplier receipts).
Details of insurance
If insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware QRIDA is unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and formal advice of the claim outcome is provided. If you are eligible to claim under your insurance policy, you must do so, and have that claim finalised before lodging an application for grant assistance.
QRIDA administers financial assistance to disaster affected primary producers, businesses and non-profit organisations under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Frequently asked questions
Direct damage is physical damage that occurred as a result of the event. For example, immediate damage caused by flood water flowing through your property, or damage to a fence because of a bush fire on your property.
Indirect damage is the losses sustained as a consequence of the disaster. For example, downturn in customer foot traffic from road closures, loss of income or spoilage due to power outages.
For direct damage you may be eligible for an Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant and/or a Disaster Assistance Loan. For indirect damage you may be eligible for an Essential Working Capital Disaster Assistance Loan.
Primary producer means:
- a sole trader who -
- spends the majority of their labour on a primary production enterprise; and
- either –
- derives the majority of their income from the primary production enterprise; or
- in the opinion of QRIDA, based on the demonstrated production potential of the primary production enterprise, will eventually derive the majority of their incomes from the primary production enterprise
- in relation to a partnership, company or trust that carries on a primary production enterprise for which the partners, shareholders or beneficiaries –
- spend the majority of their labour on a primary production enterprise; and
- either –
- derive the majority of their income from the primary production enterprise; or
- in the opinion of QRIDA, based on the demonstrated production potential of the primary production enterprise, will eventually derive the majority of their incomes from the primary production enterprise.
Normal staffing costs are ineligible unless they can demonstrate additional costs are incurred for clean-up and reinstatement purposes.
- Permanent employees (including permanent full-time and permanent part-time) – only the costs of additional hours worked (e.g. overtime or extra hours / days) to assist with the clean-up and reinstatement of the enterprise
- Contractors, casuals or temporary staff - who are engaged specifically for clean-up and reinstatement of the enterprise. If contractors, casuals or temporary staff are already employed, however, the day to day labour requirement which they were originally contracted to do has decreased or ceased altogether due to the eligible disaster, and they are assisting with clean up, these costs for clean-up and reinstatement purposes only may be eligible.
Evidence required could include payroll summary verifying staff and wage costs incurred for clean-up and reinstatement purposes only and signed by the applicant.
Applicants who operate more than one primary production enterprise, for example under a single ABN at separate locations, may apply for assistance for each eligible separate business up to the maximum amount of assistance available for the relevant defined disaster area and determined by the establishment notice.
When determining an eligible separate business, QRIDA may consider (but is not limited to):
- the staffing arrangements of the separate property
- whether the property has its own plant equipment or stock
- the accounting arrangements of the separate property
- whether the separate property operates under its own trading name
- the commercial scale, viability and autonomy of each property.
QRIDA will consider each application on a case by case basis taking into account the particular circumstances.
A certificate of insurance and details of the claim are required to apply for this grant given the grant cannot cover repairs that will be covered by insurance. However, insurance excesses and items that are not covered by insurance may be eligible.
You may be eligible to apply for more than one grant if you were directly affected by both events. Please contact QRIDA 1800 623 946 or email email@example.com
The primary production business must generate the majority of your income, unless you can demonstrate the production potential of the business to eventually derive the majority of your income.
An example of the production potential of the business - you have planted a commercial size fruit orchard that is still maturing which will eventually provide the majority of your income.
You are able to use relatives to repair your damage as long as transactions are retained at arm’s length and conducted in the same way as with any other contractor. Any contractors used must have an ABN and provide a tax invoice and official receipt for work completed. QRIDA may request additional information in these circumstances to confirm the validity of the claim.
Fishers who have sustained direct damage to fishing equipment and vessels as a result of the disaster may be eligible for assistance. Assistance is not however available to compensate for loss of income due to inability to fish because of the event.
If your business has not experienced direct damage, but has suffered a significant loss of income or other impacts as a result of the disaster event, you may be eligible to apply for a Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loan.
Yes, you are able to claim assistance for the actual costs of any additional labour or fuel and oil incurred in the use of this plant and equipment for clean-up and reinstatement activities for the disaster event.
The certificate of insurance and details of your claim are required to apply for this grant. The grant cannot cover repairs that will be covered by insurance. However, items that are not covered, and your excess may be eligible.
Yes, we welcome you to apply before you know the outcome. QRIDA will work with you to determine what damage may be covered by your insurance policy.
Please note that assessing applications before finalising insurance claims may take longer than if you were to apply after the insurance outcome is known.